Limerick County Council Responds To Wintry Conditions

From: Dunphy PR
Published: Fri Jan 08 2010

The local authority said it is giving priority to treating the National Primary and Secondary routes, the more heavily trafficked Regional Roads and some Local Primary Roads. Ten gritting trucks have been in operation since the cold spell began on the 18th December. In addition, area engineers are continuing to deal with local hardship and special needs requirements on a case by case basis as they arise. Limerick County Council has sufficient salt stocks for a further four to five days salting at current rates.

Limerick County Council Roads and Water Services Sections have met with the Gardai, Civil Defence, Fire Service, HSE Ambulance Service and agreed protocols for dealing with particular issues of access in the event of medical or other emergencies during the severe weather conditions. There are also established links with Met …ireann, AA Roadwatch, RSA, Bus …ireann, Department of Transport and the National Roads Authority to ensure that up to date information is available.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has issued safety advice as the cold weather is likely to continue and this advice should be heeded.

Meanwhile the Council has reported a significant increase in the usage of water supplies throughout County Limerick during the current period of cold weather.

According to Donal Brennan, Senior Engineer: "In order to assist Limerick County Council in continuing to provide an uninterrupted supply of water, the public are asked to check their properties for leaking or burst water connections and to have these repaired or turned off as quickly as possible. In particular customers are asked to check vacant properties, outside taps, cattle troughs, etc. to ensure that no loss of water is occurring from these sources."

He added: "Limerick County Council is aware that a number of customers have experienced difficulties with frozen service pipes. The Council acknowledges the spirit of co-operation between households in providing water to neighbours whose pipes have frozen. Meanwhile, we would ask members of the public to call on neighbours, family and friends of older people to ensure that the elderly, particularly those living alone, are kept warm and have sufficient food during the current period of cold weather."

Advice on dealing with frozen water pipes may be found on Limerick County Councilís website


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